Can I apply?
If you are serious about trying to have a career as an actor but are worried about the process and cost of applying to drama school then Open Door is for you.

We can give you the support you need to approach your audition with confidence, knowing that you have benefited from the advice and training of industry professionals. Forty successful candidates will also have their audition fees paid at seven of the top UK drama schools.

In order to apply for Open Door, you will need to:

  • Be aged 18-25

  • Be based in London or the East Midlands

  • Have an annual family household income of £30,000 of less

  • Not currently hold a degree

  • Have a commitment to acting as a career goal

  • Want to apply for a BA(hons) acting course (2019 intake)

We will need to check the financial records of the selected participants, so please do not apply if you do not meet all the criteria above. This is a project aimed at young people who could not otherwise afford to audition for drama school.

When are the auditions?

Auditions will be held on the following weekends although you only need to be available in the morning or afternoon on one of these dates:


October 27th - 28th 2018

November 3rd - 4th 2018

November 10th -11th 2018

The deadline for London applications is 5pm on Friday 9th November 2018, but we will be going on a first come first serve basis.

East Midlands

November 10th -11th 2018

November 17th - 18th 2018

November 25th 2018

The deadline for East Midlands applications is 5pm on Friday 23rd November 2018, but we will be going on a first come first serve basis.

What can I expect on the day?

You will be invited to come along for a morning or afternoon session on one of the above dates.

The day will begin with an informal warm up workshop with two of our tutors to hopefully get you nice and relaxed so that you can perform your best. Remember, we’re here to help to succeed and so we’ll do all we can to make this an enjoyable experience for you.

You’ll then get the chance to perform a monologue you would have prepared in front of two panelists who you’ll already have met during the course of the day. This individual audition should take around 10 minutes.

Learn more about the audition and what to prepare here

We will then recall a number of applicants in London between the 24th - 26th November 2018, and in the East Midlands on 30th November, 1st-2nd December 2018 for a second round audition.

All applicants must be available to audition on at least two of these dates within their region from 10:00 - 5.30pm.

Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 4th December 2018.

If successful applicants must also be available for there first three day workshop;

London: December 7th - 9th 2018 (10am-6pm)

East Midlands: December 14th -16th 2018 (10am-6pm)

What happens next?

If you meet the above criteria and are looking to take the next step - Apply now